Friday, December 5th, 2014

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral pink.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $20.00) is warmer. theBalm Pie (P) is redder. MAC Posey (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes. Here are dupes for this shade as a lip color.

First… whoa, whoa, whoa, size reduction! These were put into medium-sized MAC compacts (like Cream Colour Bases), and they contain 0.08 fl. oz., whereas the original packaging for Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colours (here are two from April 2014) contained 0.43 fl. oz. That’s a reduction of 81%! (And the price went up a dollar, just to make it even more painful.) Second, it’s a dual-purpose product that can be used on lips or cheeks, but I haven’t had much luck using the formula on lips, as it is a very thin, clingy formula that strips the lips of moisture and generally makes my lips look worse than they really are. As a blush, the formula performs better: seven hours of wear with a blendable consistency that sets to a more luminous, natural finish–a little sheen but not shine. Secret Admirer was true to formula, as it was drying over the three hours it lasted on my lips (and looked poor on), and then it lasted seven hours as a blush.

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Secret Admirer

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

MAC Hot Sensation Beauty Powder
MAC Hot Sensation Beauty Powder

MAC Hot Sensation Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “sheer pale peach highlighter.” It’s a very light white-beige with a satin finish. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) and Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) are both more shimmery. NARS Highlight (P) is similar. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $80.00) is warmer. MAC Forever Marilyn (LE, $28.00) is darker, pinker. Natural Beauty (LE, $30.00) is darker, peachier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It doesn’t have much of a sheen, so it is a very subtle highlighter, and on me, it tends to look chalky/ashy because it is more lightening than highlighting on my skin tone. It would be a better for fairer complexions than mine. If you prefer more shimmery highlighters, you’ll want to look elsewhere. The consistency is very silky and finely-milled, so it’s soft without being powdery and applies to skin easily. It worked better to set concealer, though it is still on the light side for me, but for light or fairer skin tones, it may work well for brightening certain areas of the face without adding a lot of shimmer or metallic sheen. It seemed to last about seven and a half hours on me when I wore it dusted on cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, and lightly across the forehead. Beauty Powders are more of a multi-purpose product, though this one is described as highlighter, but they’re often marketed as highlighters, finishing powders, or blushes (when they provide more color).

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Hot Sensation

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with a hint of gray–there’s an almost “dirty” aspect to the color–and a shimmery, luminous finish. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is warmer. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is more shimmery. Too Faced Spice (LE) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Secret Radiance (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s designed to add both color as well as glow by using “crystal pigments in bronze, gold and silver” (the latter seems to give it that more neutral/dirty vibe that I see). The color payoff was excellent and easily delivered true-to-pan color onto the skin, but the silky, lightweight, ultra-soft powder is easily blended and manipulated on the skin. You can also concentrate your brush towards the upper half of the pan for a lighter, more shimmer-based glow, or towards the bottom half of the pan for more color with less shimmer. I tried to swirl for a good mix of color and shimmer when I applied it to my cheeks for testing. I really loved the texture, as it was a cinch to apply. It didn’t accentuate my pores, and the powder sat well on the skin without looking powdery nor shiny. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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Tropical Days

Temptalia Recommends
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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain
IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich, brightened, berry-purple with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer. MAC Hot Nights (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Restores Dazzle (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s intensely pigmented–a little goes such a long way! If you prefer a very foolproof blush, you might look elsewhere, as this requires a very feathery touch to control just how much gets applied. The powder itself has a soft, buttery, and silky consistency, so it is easy to blend out on the skin and diffuse for softer color. It’ll be a nice option for anyone who prefers a more pigmented blush that doesn’t require building to get true-to-pan color. As the blush gets blended and buffed onto the skin, it looks more luminous than shimmery with a light glow and a distinctive “stained” look, even though it is a powder. This shade wore well for ten hours before fading slightly along the edges.

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Magical in Mauve

Temptalia Recommends
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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base

Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base ($48.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a gold-shimmered light beige that gives more of a pearlescent sheen than a distinct shimmer/sparkle. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is similar, but it is a cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s described as a “multiuse luminizer” that hydrates while illuminating. It’s a thin, liquid highlighter that can be used all-over the face, mixed with moisturizer or foundation, or patted on top of foundation for more targeted illumination. I find it is easiest to used mixed in with moisturizer or liquid foundation, and it will give your base a more luminous, dewy look that isn’t oily or wet. It is the type of product that I think translates better in-person than in a photo, as it livens up the skin and illuminates it without being flashy or obvious. It’s that “Did you change your skin regimen?” kind of effect. For the holidays, it is available in limited edition, gold-hued packaging, but the shade itself is available in the permanent line-up in its regular packaging (same price). I notice I get a slightly smoother application of my base products as well as a subtle skin smoothing effect when using this.

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Nude Radiance No. 01

Temptalia Recommends
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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of beige–there’s a muted quality there–and warm undertones with a satin finish. Make Up For Ever S714 Bisque (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, darker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more matte. bareMinerals Peace (P) is more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised that this was listed as a blush shade, but it is officially listed as one. The satin texture lends itself well for blush application, as the color goes on effortlessly, blends easily, and looks natural without being too shimmery or too flat/matte. It is a shade that will show up best on fairer skin tones than mine, though it gave my medium skin tone a slight peachy warmth (I think it is more noticeable in person). This shade was nicely pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency that was very smooth. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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S718 Salmon

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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